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Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 is a wonderful game from a wonderful series, and hopefully someday, these games will get the recognition they deserve from a wider audience.
All in all, this is another great RPG on the PlayStation 2. The only thing keeping me from giving Digital Devil Saga 2 an unqualified recommendation is how hard it is to find its predecessor. If you've already got it and beaten it, you'll find DDS2 to be a long and satisfying RPG experience. Once you give it a try, you'll find yourself hooked.
Pour tout résumer, DDS2 possède un scénario brillant et tragique qui explore des théories intéressantes sur l'informatique, qui fait intervenir des grands noms de la science et qui dispose de beaux principes sur les mondes parallèles. Mais en contrepartie DDS2 possède une ambiance et un contexte technique très en deçà de l'épisode 1.
Brillant auch erneut die Charakterzeichnung: Die erschreckende Wahrheit, mit der die tragischen Helden gleich zu Anfang konfrontiert werden, ihre hoffnungslose Suche nach der verlorenen Freundin und der Umbruch einer verfallenen Welt – dieses Spiel fährt so unglaublich viele morbid-schöne Motive auf, wie es sonst nur gute Bücher tun. Ein ausgezeichnetes, ungewöhnliches Rollenspiel!
Digital Devil Saga 2 is everything that an excellent sequel should be. It takes on board criticisms levelled at the former game and addresses them all in a way which should delight any fan of the series; not only that, it picks up the story and characters of the original title and develops them in such a fascinating way that it actually throws fresh light on the original, which now seems like a much better piece of storytelling in the context of its part in the series as a whole. We've seen plenty of sequels which mar the memory of the original game, but one which actually makes the original game seem even better? That's a rare beast indeed. There may be plenty more fish in the sea, but when I said "I love you", I meant it. The joy of videogames, of course, is that I'm more than happy for everyone else to love the DDS series too - and I promise not to wave a pint glass in a threatening manner and inquire as to whether you're eyeing up my game.
Like all role-playing games, the presentation often becomes the crust on the Story Pot Pie: something very secondary to the meat of the matter. Digital Devil Saga 2 is not exceedingly pretty, nor does it find itself being extremely innovative on the inside. What it does do is present an extremely tight story – the second half of a story, even, that manages to maintain the level presented by the original after throwing a World Series-grade curveball right into the player's mouth. This is a story that is far more intriguing than anything brought forth by its US competitors in the last several years and deserves a spot on every RPG fan's shelf, right next to the original. I hope that this is an indication that Atlus is ready to bring the demon-fest of Megami Tensei to these shores properly – I can't wait to get possessed again.
The sequel is a little more edgy then the first and gives you a conclusion to the cliffhanger ending. Only advice I have for you is to pick up the original and start off there if you haven’t already. Playing through the second before the first isn’t a smart idea since you’ll be stuck with a lot of questions about the series afterwards.
Digital Devil Saga 2 führt sowohl die zahlreichen Tugenden als auch die vorhandenen Schwächen des Vorgängers konsequent fort. Spielerisch ist der Titel trotz antiquierter Zufallskämpfe noch immer ein Highlight. Die sterilen Kulissen und der profillose Held drücken jedoch nach wie vor auf die Atmosphäre. Allerdings wirkt die herrlich düstere Rahmenhandlung dieses Mal harmonischer eingeflochten und auch das Kampfsystem wurde durch kleine, aber feine Erweiterungen noch einen Tick taktischer und abwechslungsreicher. Grundlegende Veränderungen gab es jedoch keine.
Digital Devil Saga 2 finally realizes the promise of the saga's compelling storytelling, and while it's not without flaws, this demonic adventure still has a lot going for it. The fascinating cast and world, combined with the absolutely great atmosphere and feel, make it an interesting and able competitor in a crowded RPG market. If swords and sorcery have left you a little fantasy-weary, there are always this game's demons and deities to supply a nice change of pace.
In short, while it may lack the ridiculous depth and complexity of SMT: Nocturne, arguably Atlus' deepest RPG, Digital Devil Saga 2 makes up for it by having the most compelling plot, a swath of subtle refinements, and fleshed-out, addictive gameplay systems. Even if you've ignored the two previous SMT games (one directly related, one not) you should definitely consider going for this one, if you're been looking for an RPG that can challenge, excite, and compel you. While the two DDS games are probably best as a pair, this is a game that can stand alone as a compelling and addictive adventure and is the better of the two.
To make up for the possible easiness, the game will actually force you create a well-balanced party through ways I will leave up to you to discover. I can only advise you to spread the love to every single one of your characters because you’re going to need everyone at one point or another. I also feel the need to pimp out the scrolling shooter minigame the developers slipped in. Sure, it’s no Ikaruga but it’s an amusing departure from the turn-based action.
DDS2 est un titre à posséder si vous êtes fans des Megaten ou si vous aimez tout simplement les RPG de bonne facture. En revanche, le jeune n'ayant pas joué au premier volet prendra beaucoup moins de plaisir que celui qui a suivi depuis le début les aventures de Serph et sa team. Vous êtes prévenus...
Sans surprise, Digital Devil Saga 2 est un calque du premier épisode et par ce simple constat, on ne sera donc pas étonné d'être face à une absence réelle de nouveautés. Pourtant, le plus important est que l'histoire avance, que les personnages évoluent et que le joueur s'y retrouve. Ce sera assurément le cas pour les possesseurs du premier volet et pour tous les autres, reste un bon RPG apocalyptique, plus maîtrisé d'un point de vue scénaristique qu'un Lucifer's Call et surtout toujours aussi séduisant.
For fans of the original, Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 is going to be a must buy. For other RPG fans – not so much. If you got wrapped up in the original game’s story, you’ll almost surely want to see how it comes out, but there is nothing so unique about the game as an RPG that you’ll want to pick it up in the middle. It still shares the annoying random battles that plague most Japanese RPGs and make them a bit hard for many gamers to swallow. If you want an RPG with more logic to the fighting, pick up Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance on the GameCube.
Digital Devil Saga 2 is far from a bad game, and as a direct sequel it follows well in the footsteps of the original while convincingly filling the yawning narrative chasm left by Serph and Sera's interrupted adventure. However, with such a wide selection of recent RPGs available to PlayStation 2 owners, it's hard to see how Digital Devil Saga's endlessly shallow action and shoehorned RPG aspects could ever emerge as the preferred choice when compared against the majesty of Final Fantasy XII (sorry for the constant comparison, but it's true). If the game had been released in its entirety back in 2006 rather than via a staggered two-part release, then perhaps the Digital Devil Saga would have shone a little brighter that it does. But, as things stand, it's a saga that only insatiable hardcore genre addicts will garner any real fulfillment from.
DDS2 is a good game. Yes, I gave DDS1 an 8.5 compared to DDS2’s 7.0, but there’s some definite drawbacks to DDS2 that can’t be overlooked. The game still looks, sounds, and plays as great as DDS1. But DDS2 is a clear cut case of intangibles coming into play. My suggestion is to get DDS1 first. DDS1 is a wonderful game and still my pick for GOTY. If you enjoy DDS1 at all, then by all means, rush out and buy DDS2, as you will have a lot of fun with this. But you need to play the first of the Avatar Tuner games to really get all you can out of DDS2. Digital Devil Saga 2 is a good game and worth owning, but I can’t stress enough that snagging DDS1 should be your priority.
The somber feel of Digital Saga is certainly a tonal departure for RPGs, for which I have to give it some praise - no cutesy animals here. Unfortunately, the dark setting just wasn't enough to keep me enthralled, and I found myself longing for an end to the saga.
It's too bad that the battle system is so great in an RPG that isn't really interesting to newcomers like myself. I would have been more immersed into the story if the environments weren't so bland and I would have felt more attached to the characters if they weren't so sunken and gray. I think that Atlus did a great job with the feeling and mood that they tried to set with Digital Devil Saga 2, but I don't think this makes the game very accessible. If you've played the original, give the sequel a try; it's worth figuring out the story. If not, try the original and then decide if the Digital Devil Saga series is worth your time.
The teaser at the end of Digital Devil Saga asked, "Are you ready for the real world?" Apparently I wasn't. In contrast to the first game's relatively elegant and simple plot, the sequel's story is a mess. Far from "defeat the villain and rescue the princess," the villains are never really clear, and throughout the game you're in the dark as to what exactly you're trying to accomplish. While the gameplay remains just as solid as before, with very little new, the game just feels like a 35-hour rehash.